Apr 1, 2010

Brick thrown through window of GOP office is sold off at GOP fundraiser

Apparently, the investigation over the brick thrown through the window of the Michigan Republican campaign “fix it” office in Genoa Township near Howell is over.

Howell radio station WHMI is reporting that at the Livingston County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner Wednesday night the actual brick thrown through the window was auctioned off at the fundraising dinner.

CORRECTION:It was pointed out to me in the comments section that the brick allegedly thrown through the Republican campaign office and auctioned off was not the one in the possession of the Sheriff's Department and the chair of the Livingston County Republican Party. The sentence I misread said, “A highlight of the evening came when a symbolic brick of the type thrown through the Republican Party’s local “Fix Michigan Center.”

The incident occurred less than a week ago, and they got rid of the evidence?According to a report in the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, the brick has the words ”Long Live the USA” and “God Bless the USA” scrawled on it, according to Livingston County Sheriff’s investigators.”

WHMI reported the winning bid of $275 was made by Republican Livingston County Commissioner Dave Domas. The money will go toward items for American troops stationed in Afghanistan.

I’m a little surprised it was released. Perhaps it was never turned over to the Sheriff’s Department, and it remained the property of the GOP broke it center. As I said before, the second ranking officer at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Mike Murphy, is also the chair of the Livingston County Republican Party.

Regardless of how the brick was obtained, there is a clear conflict of interest, and the investigation - if it’s not over - should be turned over to the Michigan State Police.

It’s ironic that the keynote speaker at the fund-raiser was U.S. Rep. Thad “Mad Thad” McCotter, R-Livonia, - known for his inflammatory and false rhetoric against Democrats. McCotter is one of the first people to push the death panel lie, and he has been active at “tea parties” where much of the hate against Democrats over the health insurance law has been ginned up and has led to violence and vandalism.

4 comments:

Republican Michigander said...

From WHMI:

""highlight of the evening came when a symbolic brick of the type thrown through the Republican Party’s local “Fix Michigan Center” was auctioned off.""

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Don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant, Kevin.

Communications guru said...

Thanks for pointing that out. As per my policy, that correction has been made. I stand by everything else I wrote, including the conflict of interest and the inflammatory comments of McCotter. As I said in the original post, “Regardless of how the brick was obtained, there is a clear conflict of interest, and the investigation - if it’s not over - should be turned over to the Michigan State Police.

Unlike you, when a mistake is pointed out, I admit it and correct it.

Johnny C said...

I still smell something fishy with this story, I don't put anything past the Republicans and I wouldn't be shocked if the brick thrower is some low level Michigan GOP flunkie and he got insurance from the higher ups that he's going to have the best legal team they can fund.

Communications guru said...

You may be right. With the good weather, I rode my bike there today. I had driven by many times, and although I had an idea where it was from the address, I could never find it. It’s in a strip mall. You can see it from Grand River, but there is only a banner in the window to identify it. Ironically, its neighbor’s are a Rent-to-Own and a Cash Advance Store. Just like the Republicans, they keep people poor. The alleged vandalism occurred less than two weeks ago, but you can never tell it happened. Plus, I find it hard to believe that one of the stores in the mall didn’t have a video camera.